Recent Alumni Events

Another Great CVA Tradition:  Big Dogs & Sea Dogs Baseball 

It seems we have created another fantastic CVA tradition, CVA Night at the Portland Sea Dogs, as for the second year in a row, 20+ members of the CVA community gathered at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine on June 23 for a wonderful night of baseball, peanuts, and fireworks. Once again the CVA Big Dog joined Slugger the Sea Dog to cheer as departing CVA  Snowboard Program Director Mike Mallon tossed a ceremonial first pitch.  It was a great game with various inter-inning antics that kept the CVA crew of CVA alumni, Trustees, staff, parents and weekend program families entertained. Thank
you to all who joined us for another night of family fun with the Sea Dogs.


Cheers to CVA - Wine Tasting wrap-up

We had a great mix of CVA alums, alumni parents, current parents and weekend program parents to help celebrate our first CVA wine tasting event in late March at MJ's Wine Bar in Portland, Maine.  Our sommelier Mark was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide as we learned about Malbecs and the difference between Old World and New World Malbec grapes and various growing regions. We look forward to more community events like this in Portland and further afield in the months and years to come.


CVA/Sugarloaf Alumni Weekend & Holiday Party

2015 Holiday Party

While there may have been a lack of snow, there certainly wasn’t a lack of Big Dogs or enthusiasm at this year’s CVA/Sugarloaf Alumni Weekend & Holiday party. 30+ alumni gathered together to share in the holiday spirit and  get caught up while hearing brief remarks from Kate Punderson about the exciting things happening at CVA this year. It’s always great to see alumni from a wide range  of class years come back to mingle with friends in the halls of the school that brought them together.. And once again this year, a few lucky alums went home with some cool CVA and L.L. Bean gear from the Annual Fund raffle.  Thank you to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you again next year!2015 Alumni Holiday Party




Thank You Boston Big Dogs!

Thank you to our Boston Big Dogs that came out to join us at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar on September 30th for a fantastic alumni event which we co-hosted with Killington Mountain School. The CVA and KMS alumni enjoyed a night of food, fun, and friends in Boston’s financial district, and yes indeed, that is Head Of School Kate Webber Punderson ’89 literally waving the CVA flag! We always enjoy connecting with our alumni and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Interested in hosting an alumni event in your neck of the woods? Contact Sarah Hinman at (207) 237-4471 or


Portland Sea Dogs Event

A new CVA tradition is born! 73 members of the CVA community including alumni,  trustees, staff, current students, and parents came out to cheer on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday June 18, 2015 and enjoy one of the first warm summer nights in Maine. What a fun night we had: Eric Chamberlin threw out the first pitch, the weather was absolutely perfect, 

80’s night offered a host of colorful outfits and cover bands, we all got to catch up with old and new friends, and the night ended with a spectacular fireworks show.

 Seeing so many different members of the CVA come together warmed our hearts and reminded us what a great family this is to be a part of

Check out all of the night’s photos in our Facebook album “CVA Sea Dogs Event 6/18/2015) by clicking here

We look forward to hosting this event again next year!  


CVA Alumni Day and Holiday Party 


We are still smiling at the fact we had such great participation and energy for our CVA Alumni Day and especially for the annual alumni Holiday Party. This was the best year yet! 15 alumni bought tickets as part of our special deal with Sugarloaf and it was great to see so many people out on the slopes, enjoying hot chocolate and coffee at Bullwinkle’s and burgers at The Bag.

We were worried a few years back when we decided to have the alumni party at the CVA Academic Center rather than at the Rack, but you guys and gals proved you can have fun just about anywhere. We’d like to give a special shout out to the Big Dogs from the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 who came back – we hope you join us every year! 

A few lucky alums walked away with some good looking CVA swag from LL Bean that they won in the Annual Fund raffle. Our best guess is that we had 76 Big Dogs with us at the party and clearly the message of the evening was that although the campus may have changed for some of you, our CVA spirit remains the same.

CVA Alumni Event- Park City, UT 


We had another great Ski Academy Alumni Reunion out in Park City, UT in February. Alums gathered at High West Distillery for some après ski fun and then enjoyed a day of Utah powder on Saturday.  A big thank you to all who came out to reconnect with their fellow Big Dogs and alums from other New England ski academies; the CVA community spreads far and wide!.  We are looking forward already to next year’s event. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Sarah Hinman at



December 11, 2014  

A small but very merry group of CVA alumni gathered in Tribeca at the gorgeous home of Damon Bayles ’96 and Clinton Kelly. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about CVA and getting updates on life and work. The party was made even more festive by Damon’s wonderful mother Casey making an appearance as well as by their sweet dog, Mary, who may not look it, but is indeed a stellar Big Dog!  We hope more of you can join us next year when we’re back in the city – we’re looking to possibly do this event in November instead. Give us a shout if you’d like to be involved:



November 7, 2014

This year’s Portland event was a fun combination of casual conversation and high energy movie viewing. Ten alumni gathered at the Little Tap House to enjoy some snack and refreshments and swap stories about life in the Capricorn (basement flooding and skylight adventures were hot topics). We then ventured to the State Theater to view the ski movie “Almost Ablaze” by Teton Gravity Research – there was tangible excitement in the room with great anticipation of a very snowy winter.  It was a great night deemed “babysitter worthy” by those alums with kids at home. We are all looking forward to the next gathering of Big Dogs in Portland – likely in late Spring 2015.



This year’s event happened on October 17, 2014 at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill in Boston, MA and was a great success! We had a strong Big Dog showing of 13 alums who had the opportunity to mingle with some alums from Killington Mountain School, Stratton Mountain School, Green Mountain Valley School, and Okemo Mountain School. A good time was had by all and we look forward to next year’s event!

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